Dr. Richard D. Young
Project Manager, NASA Langley Research Center
Richard Young is a Project Manager at NASA Langley Research Center. Currently, he manages the Advanced Composites Project, within the Advanced Air Vehicles Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Prior to becoming a Project Manager, for 15 years he conducted research at NASA in structural concepts for multi-functional and adaptive structures and in the structural integrity of composite and metallic structural components with damage.
Richard received BS degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, and his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1996 while working at NASA.
Dr. David Mollenhauer
Air Force Research Laboratory
Currently employed in the Composites Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dr. David Mollenhauer is the technical lead for composite damage evolution research in the branch. Dr. Mollenhauer’s in-house research duties include strategic and financial planning and execution of technical efforts in development of state of the art mechanics modeling methods for damage evolution in laminated and textile composites. He is a recognized world expert in OMC damage modeling and experimental mechanics of composites. In addition to in-house technical research, Dr. Mollenhauer is the Directorate’s Application Area lead for Efficient Aerostructures. This job function incorporates program management of external efforts in developing advanced experimental/numerical methods for simulation of composite material behavior, planning Directorate efforts in Composite Certification, and serving as the Directorate’s liaison to the larger composite certification community. Dr. Mollenhauer is an active member of the American Society for Composites and is currently a Member-at-Large. Finally, Dr. Mollenhauer is known for his STEM education motivation efforts via his personal research and development of a large composite catapult system designed to throw pumpkins as far as possible. His team is currently in possession of the world record distance shot (1,151 meters) from a mechanical catapult.
1997 Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
1994 M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
1990 B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Lab
Uday Vaidya has a joint appointment with The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Oak Ridge National Lab. He is the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing. Vaidya serves as the Chief Technology Officer for IACMI. He serves as the Director of the Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Center at UT, and leads several composites activities at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Vaidya has 30 years of experience in a broad range of composites for defense, transportation and industrial applications. Vaidya is the author of the book Composites for Automotive, Truck and Mass Transit.